Airbus is to increasingly cooperate with China on an industrial basis to ensure it is well placed to serve the Chinese aviation market, whose airlines are gobbling new planes at a rapid rate.
Airbus and China have agreed to take practical and effective measures for new initiatives regarding both single-aisle and widebody aircraft.
As part of Airbus’ objective to reach a global A320 family production rate of 63 aircraft per month in 2021, the Airbus Tianjin A320 family Final Assembly Line (FAL Asia) is to ramp up its production to six aircraft per month by the end of 2019. This is a 50% increase compared to its original design.
A350 XWB capabilities will be extended into the Airbus Tianjin wide-body Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) from the second half of 2020. The C&DC is scheduled to deliver its first A350 aircraft by 2021 from Tianjin.
“We attach great importance to our long-term strategic partnership with China and its aviation industry,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
“Airbus is committed to serving this growth sector with the diverse portfolio it has to offer and we are committed to working with our Chinese partners to shape the future of the industry.”
The potential of China’s aviation market is significant for manufacturers. While China domestic is set to become the world’s largest market, international traffic to and from China has nearly doubled over the last 10 years.
According to the Airbus Global Market Forecast, China is expected to require some 7,560 new aircraft over the next 20 years.
To date, 450 A320 family aircraft have been delivered from Tianjin to Airbus’ Chinese and Asian customers since.